Great Basin Scottish Highland Games
The second annual Great Basin Scottish Highland Games return to Sparks, NV. Hosted by the Northern Nevada Throwing Company, which focuses on bringing the love and heritage of the Scottish Highlands to Northern Nevada through heavy athletics and cultural celebration.
WHERE: Gandolfo Arena, 2200 Loop Rd, Sparks, NV 89434
COST: $10.00 per person
Sat, May 20, 2023, 9:00 am – Sat, May 20, 2023, 5:00 pm PDT
Sun, May 21, 2023, 9:00 am – Sun, May 21, 2023, 5:00 pm PDT
Highland games are traditionally held in spring and summer in Scotland and other countries with a sizeable Scottish diaspora to celebrate Scottish and Celtic culture, especially that of the Scottish Highlands. This unique event celebrates ancestral tradition by bringing a bit of that same Scottish heritage to the Truckee Meadows area. The Games are also noted for their unique sporting and athletic events, many of which are so well known to have become emblematic of Scotland, such as the bagpipes, the kilt, whisky, and heavy events, especially the caber toss and axe throwing – all of which are featured heavily at any gathering.
Northern Nevada Throwing Company encourages guests of all ages to attend the event over two days. Kilts are optional. The fun begins at 9am at the Gandolpho Rodeo Arena, 2200 Loop Road in Sparks. Individual admission costs $10 or $30, including an event shirt and ticket. The event includes a beard contest, Highland Coos from the Corkscrew Cattle Company, Face painting, food trucks, vendors selling various retail items, Sierra Highlanders Pipe Band, food, drinks, and The Nevada Society of Scottish Clans. Parking is available for $5 per car, with all of the proceeds benefiting the Reid High Sea Cadets. Tickets, competition registration, and additional details are available online.